Every Monday night at ArtsPark in Hollywood, there’s a food truck event I curate. I’ve driven past Mauro’s Pizza on my way for years and not even realized it.
My brother in law was driving two weeks, so I was taking in the food sights on the way there.
I can’t believe I had been so close to it all this time. It was not in the cards that week to hit them up, but this time, yes.
Mauro’s is CASH ONLY, but there’s an ATM so they can still extract some extra moolah from you.
It seems from what I read everywhere that service is borderline rude. I didn’t encounter that, but I was there at 3:30 PM on a Monday, there was no one ahead of us when we walked in and ordered.
FOLLOW THE RULES
I go straight cheese slice, my wife Marcela decides on pepperoni, and I also order a ground beef for good measure. A slice will set you back $3.00 and an extra buck for every additional topping.
The full toppings line up: Pepperoni, Italian Sausage, Mushrooms, Bacon, Green Peppers, Anchovies, Black Olives, Onions, Pineapple, Ham, Ground Beef & Extra Cheese.
I pay and wait no more than 5 minutes for the slices. There are signs all over the place telling you things you “can’t” do. I don’t take offense to them. I’m sure there’s a good reason for it.
I worked in retail for over ten years, and no rules make for massive headaches.
I do favor the “POUR ON YOUR PLATE ***FIRST*** THEN ON YOUR PIZZA” sign, lots of intricate stenciling going on there.
These dudes are large and foldable. They are surprisingly big, as you can see from the double plating under them. The crust is crispy, the sauce is sweet, and it’s got the right amount of pooling grease to keep the pizza in the delicious zone.
I don’t know that I could tell you I preferred one over the other, but if you’re going to eat only one, then you should probably go cheese.
The ground beef slice had me in flashback mode. In the early ’80s, I would eat pizza from a joint in Westchester; I think it was called International Pizza. Their ground beef crumbles were very similar in look and taste to this.
They eventually went out of business when Domino’s started spreading their tentacles around town. That’s one of the reasons why you should support locally-owned shops as often as you can.
If you want to go the full pie route, Mauro’s has Medium, Large, and XL. They’re open pretty late too (till 4 AM on Sun-Tues & 5 AM on Wed-Sat) and deliver locally.
What’s not to love?